The Days Of Elijah
It had been over 3 years since rain had fallen in Israel. The prophet Elijah had been blamed for it by King Ahab and was labeled “the troubler of Israel.” But when God sent Elijah back to the king with the message of “rain coming,” little did anyone know of the event that was being orchestrated. Elijah called for the 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of Asherah to ascend Mount Carmel and meet him there for the most epic showdown between God and the forces of evil since the exodus from Egypt (1 Kings 18). It came down to 2 altars of sacrifice and 2 distinctly different calls for response. YHWH answered in an unquestionable way of who the only true and living God could be. Fire rained down from heaven and consumed not only the sacrifice, but also the wood, the valuable water that had been poured about it, the rocks on which it had been placed and even the dust. Subsequently, Elijah had all of the false prophets executed at the brook Kishon.
After Elijah was succeeded by Elisha, the prophet was being mocked by some young boys calling him “baldy.” Elisha then called down a curse from God and two female bears came charging out of the wood-line. The bears mauled 42 of the boys. Elisha subsequently left there and went to Mount Carmel (2 Kings 2).